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Wednesday Feb. 3, 2016

All eyes on Drake MEDIA OUTLETS from all over country and world came to see students mock caucus at the ‘What’s a caucus?’ event. This one event at Drake that brought out media. PHOTO BY JESS LYNK | NEWS EDITOR


Campus becomes political hub throughout caucus week Jess Lynk News Editor @JessMLynk

Thirty-five media outlets lined the back of Shivers Practice Facility as students sat in chairs listening to fellow students stump for Republican presidential candidates. Media from across the world came out to see what makes Drake as CNN said, “the

center of politics.” What they saw was an atmosphere of politics unlike the usual reputation for young college students. Last February, Vice President Joe Biden made an appearance at Sheslow Auditorium. Then, all three of the Democratic candidates came out for the CBS debate in November and Fusion’s Iowa Brown and Black Forum in January. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has

visited the law school and Rand Paul made his way to Pomerantz Stage in Olmsted several times. But the week leading up to the caucus has transformed Drake into a national hub for presidential politics. Without even leaving campus, students were able to see six presidential candidates within one week. CNN set up shop in Olmsted for a few days. CSPAN rolled up in a bus to broadcast Rand Paul and Donald Trump.

President Marty Martin sent an email to students, faculty and staff addressing the political climate at Drake. “These events, like all of the others that preceded them on campus over the last seven months, were in keeping with our commitment to be the home for political discourse leading up to the Iowa Caucus,” Martin wrote. “I am proud of the fact that we have provided this important public service, and that we have

done so in a way that has engaged all members of our campus community.” The three Democratic presidential candidates and three of the Republican presidential candidates appeared on campus the week leading up to the caucuses. Five caucus locations were hosted in Olin. Campus became the center of the political scene.



STEM brings construction now, opportunities later Jessie Spangler Staff Writer

Since October, students have seen emails and heard about the School of Technology, Education and Computer Science, also know as the STEM program, launching at Drake. Although the announcement came three months ago, the process to clear space for the buildings began this past month. The project interconnects Olin, Fitch, Harvey Ingham and Cline

halls to the two new additions. The final financing plans have yet to be approved, although student tuition is not expected to rise as a result. “This construction project will support new and existing programs. It brings the School of Education to the center of campus and provides dynamic new classroom and lab spaces,” said Venessa Macro, the Chief Administration Officer here at Drake. In an open house on the construction project on Jan. 28, Brian Michael, the director of the STEM building, explained

to an audience its past and current progress and what is to come. Preparation for the site is expected to start in either March or April, depending on the weather. Michael explained that this May will be the “loudest month” during construction, and that 27th Street and a Forest Avenue parking lane will be shut down to vehicles and people once building starts. One lane will be open due to fire safety reasons. “Over the course of the next 18 months, there will be robust construction activity on campus,” Macro said. “Because

CONSTRUCTION began for the STEM project, which is projected to last for 18 months. The project will bring the education building to campus and add many new majors in coming years. PHOTO BY PRANEETH RAJSINGH | PHOTO EDITOR

of the placement of the two new buildings in close proximity to other buildings, there will be some unique challenges that require our careful attention” Students who have concerns during the construction period can contact Public Safety. Students will be notified of project updates through email and more information will be available online. “As is often the case with the Drake community, there is tremendous willingness to do what is necessary to manage the challenges that come with a project this size,” said Macro. The Green Globes system was chosen to ensure the new buildings would have a sustainable and eco-friendly design. The company helps evaluate a building’s performance and gives advice for operational improvements and design. It is also responsible for administering green building assessment and certification services. “We are very excited about the opportunity to be among the first Green Globe certified buildings in the State of Iowa,” Macro said. The School of Education and Math/Computer Science and Science Connector buildings will be on campus in summer 2017. The two buildings are expected to mainly host students with science-, math- or educationrelated majors. “I definitely think the new buildings will attract new students, particularly in the Natural Sciences, Pharmacy &

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Health Sciences and Education,” said Lindsey Feikes, an admissions counselor. “I think the School of Education being on campus instead of down the street will be more attractive to students looking into that major.” Feikes attended the open house to help the future classes at Drake understand the construction. “I went to the STEM at Drake open house to be as up to date as possible,” Feikes said. “Meeting with prospective students and their families is the biggest part of my job and being able to answer questions about new and exciting things happening at Drake helps keep my students interested...It’s important that they’re aware of what will be available to them on campus.” With the addition of the STEM buildings comes new majors for students to choose from, along with updated facilities for math, science, health, pharmacy and education majors. Data Analytics and Kinesiology were added this year. Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training and Secondary Education Teaching License endorsements in health, physical education and coaching will be coming in the next two years. “All of the sciences will have some amazing new spaces, that anyone who is remotely interested in Health Sciences or the natural sciences, from Astronomy to Psychology, will be interested in coming to Drake after seeing the completed projects,” Feikes said.

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